Technology

Whether you're a beginner or technologically advanced, YOURLifeChoices Technology page has everything you need to understand and make the most of your computer, smartphone or mobile device. Our Technology News page is updated twice-weekly by our Technology Expert, Drew Patchell. Whether you are looking to set up a social networking page on Facebook, Myspace or Twitter, or just looking find the best broadband or wireless internet deals, Drew can help.

Our tutorials page features answers to all of your computer questions and provides you with the latest hints and tips to update your skills. If you are looking for a senior-friendly mobile phone, something fun on YouTube or a free anti-virus scanner, we have the information you require. 

Online safety is also an important issue and we keep you up-to-date with the latest downloads, anti-virus software and how to avoid scams. We offer short-cut keystrokes if you want to save time and 'how-to' guides for all the best gadgets. And whether you are a Mac or PC fanatic, we answer your questions.

Do you have a technology question you need answered? Just ask Drew.

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Five iPhone tips you need to know

Five iPhone tips you need to know

Find out how to take better photos, avoid excess data fees and more.

Avoid overseas roaming issues

Avoid overseas roaming issues

Mike recently found himself overseas without reception, so how did he fix his problem?

Four iPhone/iPad tricks

Four iPhone/iPad tricks

These four handy tricks can save you time and effort.

Google launches smartwatches

Google launches smartwatches

Google’s newest technology, Android Wear, is now available to order.

Is free antivirus software worthwhile?

Is free antivirus software worthwhile?

Without virus protection you're leaving your computer's front door unlocked for viruses.

Five common iPad issues solved

Five common iPad issues solved

Find out how to take control of your iPad’s problems.

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Computers

Microsoft reveals universal translator

Microsoft has just revealed a universal voice translator that works in real time.

Converse in different languages

How to watch TV and movies online for free

Five legal ways to watch television and movies online

Watch movies for free

Five tips for buying a computer

Drew explains what you need to know to get the best product at the right price.

Save money with these tips

Gadgets

Portable luggage scale

This compact and lightweight digital scale can accurately weigh up to 50kg.

Lighten up

SlotFlop Sandals

SlotFlop sandals are an ingenious way to hide your valuables at the beach.

Fill your sole

Google launches smartwatches

Google’s newest technology, Android Wear, is now available to order.

What can they do?

Phones

Avoid overseas roaming issues

Mike recently found himself overseas without reception, so how did he fix his problem?

Find out how he solved his problem

Choosing the best mobile contract

Find out the differences between 12- and 24-month phone contracts.

Contracts clarified

Optus mistakenly releases private numbers

Telecom giant Optus has divulged some of its private numbers to Sensis.

Privacy blunder

Internet

Free wifi for Canberra

A $4.4 million plan will see free wifi in our nation’s capital.

Get connected soon

Understanding acronyms

Drew shares commonly used text chat acronyms and what they mean.

FYI

Megabits and megabytes explained

Drew answers John’s question about the difference between megabits and megabytes.

Does this affect your internet speed?

Social Networking

How to review a Facebook page

Find out how to review your favourite Facebook pages with this quick and easy tutorial.

How to review

Facebook hashtag faux pas

A recent embarrassing hashtag ‘scandal’ gave Debbie’s friend a seriously red face.

Be careful what you hashtag

Understanding acronyms

Drew shares commonly used text chat acronyms and what they mean.

FYI

Software & Downloads

How to watch TV and movies online for free

Five legal ways to watch television and movies online

Watch movies for free

Warning: Microsoft security flaw

Hackers are exploiting a new security hole in Microsoft Word.

Special fix-it solution

Get the new Google Maps

Google Maps’ most recent update brings numerous new features.

Full of new features

Online Shopping

Spotting fake user reviews

Drew explains how to spot a fake review.

Can you spot the fakes?

Five best websites for gifts

We share the five best gift websites to help you out this holiday season.

Find the perfect gift

Group-buying for beginners

A frequent group-buying website coupon purchaser, Drew shares his learnings.

Tips and tricks

Safety Online

One billion passwords stolen

A Russian gang has stolen over one billion usernames and passwords.

How could this happen?

Deals website hacked

Under current laws, COTD was within its rights not to inform customers of website hacking.

Is this delay a disgrace?

How to safely sell old technology

Secondhand smartphones possess some of their previous owners’ personal information.

Can you protect yourself?

Technology News

Is Google tracking you?

Google may be keeping a record of everywhere you go.

Are you being tracked?

Make your battery last longer

Find out how you can easily solve your smart device’s battery issues.

Battery tips and tricks

Identity theft and fraud

IDcare is a new charity which aims to help victims of identity theft find their footing.

Find help

Technology Q&A

Set your homepage

Drew explains how to reset your homepage in four different browsers

Choose your own homepage

Megabits and megabytes explained

Drew answers John’s question about the difference between megabits and megabytes.

Does this affect your internet speed?

How to increase your wifi signal with tinfoil

Watch this video and learn how to double your wifi range for less than $1 with this simple trick

Increase your wifi range

News

Metadata and privacy changes

We explain what metadata is and what the proposed changes will mean for your privacy.

Changes explained

One billion passwords stolen

A Russian gang has stolen over one billion usernames and passwords.

How could this happen?

NBN “rushed, chaotic and inadequate”

A new report on the NBN has politicians quarrelling over the project.

Did they plan enough?

FunOnTheGo App

What is an App?

App, short for application, is now such a commonplace term that there is an assumption everyone knows what one is. If you’re unsure, Rachel has a simple explanation.

What is an App?

Who uses Apps?

If you’re not sure if you’re the kind of person who may use an App, perhaps you need some suggestions on what kind of Apps are available.

Who uses Apps?

Why bother with an app?

When you can access just about any website from your phone or tablet, why would you bother with an app?

Why bother with an app?

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Are dust and grime slowing your computer down? Learn how to clean your computer safely in five easy steps.

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The 25 worst internet passwords

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SplashData has released their “25 worst passwords of 2011” based on the most hacked passwords on the internet. The perennial favourite of “password” heads the list.

Are any of yours on there?

Beginner's Guide to Facebook

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There are many facets to Facebook which are fun, social and actually somewhat addictive. It is a very entertaining way to keep in contact with friends and family, and with this simple guide, YOURLifeChoices will show you how.

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Free Downloads and Games

Free Downloads and Games

Drew has been busy updating his list of the best free software downloads, anti-virus programs and online games sites to make your 2013 a fun, safe and free year.

They are all free!

Senior-friendly mobile phone

Senior-friendly mobile phone

The mobile phone market is saturated with choice, but it can still be difficult to find a phone that is suitable for senior Australians.

Simple and Easy